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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sivan 21, 5777

The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him
and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the
firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything
he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased
to have all his fullness
dwell in him,
and through him
to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth
or things in heaven,
by making peace
through his blood,
shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God
and were enemies in your minds
because of your evil behavior.
But now he has reconciled you
by Christ's physical body through death
to present you holy in his sight,
without blemish and
free from accusation -
if you continue in your faith,
established and firm,
and do not move from the hope
held out in the gospel.
This is the gospel that you heard
and that has been proclaimed
to every creature under heaven,
and of which I, Paul,
have become a servant.
Colossians 1:15-23 N.I.V.